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26 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Good And Bad Of CCTV Monitoring

The ever-growing number of cameras that are watching us in large cities often
undermines the benefits of CCTV. Many questions have been raised over recent years
about whether the CCTV cameras are there for our protection or if they are there to
create more of a Big Brother society. As ever there are two sides to every argument, one
of these being that the benefits of having constant security surveillance is that it deters
crimes. The opposing argument to this is the questioning of their effectiveness and
whether it is worth it./p>

It cannot be denied that CCTV can be helpful in deterring public crimes. Though there is
more to it than simply having a camera installed, it has been proven that the wrong
placement of a CCTV camera will not only make it capture useless footage but it will also
go unnoticed and not deter criminals. However, if CCTV is installed correctly then
research has shown that it has reduced property crime and premeditated crime. Some of
the crime rates that CCTV has had a positive impact on have been store break-ins, car
related theft and public muggings.

Of course measuring the success of CCTV isn’t the easiest of tasks; this is because
generally it works as a preventative. Retail stores are perhaps the best area to look at to
see how effective CCTV cameras can be. The majority of us know when we enter a shop
that we are being monitored by several security cameras and this pretty effectively
deters shoplifting. Another benefit of CCTV is that it covers employees and employers
when it comes to making claims or providing evidence against false claims.

CCTV is also believed to improve employee effectiveness, because they re being watched
they are more likely to do their job than to become idle. Taking these points into
consideration allows you to see that there are definite benefits to CCTV for businesses
and even in homes, but there are downsides too.

Although CCTVs can reduce the number of public incidents, research has shown that
they hardly do anything in reducing the number of passion related crimes. There is also
the argument that by having CCTV in some areas, the deterred crimes are simply being
moved a few streets away to an area that doesn’t have as good security.

As a nation we are pretty used to being recorded, but there are many amongst us who
feel we are going down the slippery path to a “1984” state. If there is 1 camera for every
14 people and no real research to suggest its effectiveness then this has to raise the
question of whether so many cameras are worthwhile? It costs a lot of money to install
security and surveillance cameras, especially if it isn’t a guaranteed way to deter crime.
It also raises the question of people’s human rights. Cameras are invasive and are able to
track you pretty much wherever you go and there are few people who support this idea.
Finding a line between privacy and protection is always going to be a difficult thing to

26 July 2013 ~ 0 Comments

A Heavyweight Camera Knock-out Contest…

..with, in the red corner, the mighty  Lumix G6. Weave been hearing and seeing great things about the Panasonic Lumix G6- if you don’t believe it, go look up some online reviews- or you can watch these three linked videos which put the awesome spec of the G6 up against a comparable Digital Single Lens Reflex camera. It’s a head-to-head squaring off of two high quality cameras.  Whether you class your photography know-how as a rank amateur or a seasoned veteran, sit back and enjoy this battle between two camera contestant colossi.

The two cameras side by side

These are no tame “which is best on balance at a wedding in Surbiton” comparisons, but a full and frank fight across some challenging situations in Indonesia, and hosted by professional (and successful) photographer David Eustace, now based in New York but (as you may be able to tell from the accent) born and raised in Glasgow.

David looks for a great shot

There are three rounds in the contest, closer, followed by faster, and concluding with smarter. Seconds away, round one…

In the closer challenge, you may think that this is where we get up close and macro-personal with an exotic plant petal – but no, this is about excitement and the quest for a zoom with vroom. David attempts to capture the perfect shot from Indonesian bull racing. So he wants to be able to frame some nice close up action, in excellent detail, but without putting himself too close to the action!  The combination of zooming in to take action shots is one of the most challenging, but David rises to the challenge admirably. Who wins? What do you mean which bull? Check the closer video above for which camera wins the opening bout.

Round two and the contestants fly out of their corners anxious to get in the first punch. In the second video, the faster challenge, our canny Scot attempted to capture the perfect special moment to freeze a memory and emotion in time! This is the one that may well be the one that sums up a day, an event, a holiday, perhaps even a year. It’s important. Don’t muck it up and be disqualified. Which of the battling cameras manages to find the perfect knockout shot? I won’t spoil things- check out the middle video!

Finally the deciding and final round. Smarter. Which contestant can out-think the other and produce the best killer photo-shot to be on tomorrow’s headlines? Which camera can share the shot first? David captures the amazing stone jumping ritual in Indonesia, which needed a camera that could get the perfect shot with ease. That done, the next step was to share it instantly. Which was the smarter camera? Who won the contest? Watch the video to find out!

The series of videos are short, snappy and cut to the chase. While you may not be surprised which camera was the eventual winner, the  comparisons seemed pretty fair and the final decision not a fix by the promoters! My only slight gripe was that the DSLR had only a 3x zoom against the G6’s 10x zoom. It was pretty clear who was going to be closest in with the action.

08 July 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Camera Shake a Thing of the Past with Panasonic Innovations

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One of the biggest problems with taking photos or recording videos of any kind is camera shake. Camera shake can completely ruin a photo or spoil a video, even if you are recording in HD quality. One of the main causes of camera shake with anyone taking a photograph will be the after effects of pressing the camera shutter button as well as just general hand shake. You may be thinking that a tri-pod will solve all of these problems since them camera will be stabilised from any shaking but unfortunately for many this is not the case! In fact pressing the camera shutter button while still on a tri-pod can cause a significant amount of wobble which can again, ruin a precious moment.

The solution is obvious; a camera that requires no physical input what so ever. The Panasonic V720 is set to change the market with their brand new camcorder which is jam packed with brand new technology and innovations. The Panasonic V720 allows you to control our cameras remotely over a Wi-Fi network in order for wireless input. This results in completely wobble free input every single time as well as the ability to control the camera entirely without ever touching it…

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Image Source: TechRadar.com

The use of Wi-Fi in this way has been seen previously in smartphones, currently the leaders in technology innovations with their wireless internet tethering features. These features work by turning your phone into a wireless router, essentially performing the same job as one you may have in your home. Once the wireless network has been created, clients can connect to it and use what they have to offer. In the case of smartphones, you’d be able to access the internet via the phones phone signal. With the Panasonic V720, it will act in a similar way. It too will create its own wireless network with password which you can access from other devices!

Specific mobile applications for iOS and Android mobile phone operating systems, once connected to the Panasonic V720 will allow control of the camera remotely in many different ways. The huge advantage of the V720 creating its own wireless network is that you’ll be able to use the remote imaging features from anywhere you want. Unlike conventional Wi-Fi routers, you won’t be limited to the outskirts of your home. So you can easily be down the park, set up your camera of you playing with your children as an entire family and remotely press the camera shoot button.

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Image Source: Panasonic.com

The worst thing about owning a camera is missing those precious moments we wish we could capture; it’s almost as bad as capturing those moments only to realise the resulting image is blurred! The Panasonic V720’s implementation of new technology will eliminate these problems once and for all with its wireless input system, killing two birds with one stone. It’s long been said that wireless technology is the future, and the Panasonic V720 confirms that.

26 June 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Travel Camera Features

If you’re in the market for a new camera to take on holiday with you then it can seem tempting to opt for the most expensive model available in the hopes that the pictures it takes will be fantastic.  In reality, it’s less about the price of the model and more about the features that the camera has to offer.

Diving into the Sea

Photo by wili_hybrid

1.       Optical zoom

You need to look for a camera with an optical zoom, as opposed to digital.  Digital zoom simply enlarges the centre of the photograph you’re about to take – much like when you crop an image in photo editing software – while optical zoom actually moves the lens closer to the object.  This produces images that are high quality and high resolution.

2.       HD video recording

Taking pictures of your holiday is only half the fun; taking videos allows you to really capture those awe-inspiring or hilarious moments.  Most modern cameras come with a built in speaker, but you’ll need to find a camera that shoots video in HD – preferably one that produces 1080p video – to avoid getting a picture that’s grainy and doesn’t keep up with the captured movement.

3.       Wifi sharing

Technology’s getting more advanced all the time and some modern cameras now have the option to instantly upload photographs to social networking sites over wifi.  This is a fantastic way to let everyone know what you’re up to and if you happen to lose your camera or accidentally delete your photographs, then at least your favourite ones will still be available elsewhere.

4.       Panorama

If you’re heading off somewhere beautifully scenic then having the option to take a panorama on your camera means that you can take in the whole landscape in just one picture as opposed to several.  This allows you to capture the atmosphere of your holiday much more effectively and stops your camera from getting cluttered up with half shots of the scenary.  These photographs look fantastic when they’re hanging up at home or even as a desktop background on your computer.

5.       GPS location tagging

There’ll be no more arguments over where this picture was taken or where that one was taken as a GPS location tagging feature will help you to keep track of exactly where you’ve visited.  This also makes it really easy to show your friends where you are and where you’ve been.

The Panasonic Lumix TZ40 offers all of these features and many more.  Creative Panorama allows you to let your artistic side shine through, while the ability to use your smart phone as a remote control means that you won’t have to ask someone else to take photographs for you.  Its compact size, high quality pictures and great price makes it a fantastic camera to take away on holiday and you could even get one for free!

Red Panasonic Lumix TZ40

Simply submit your favourite holiday snap and then get as many people as possible to ‘like’ it to be in with a chance of winning.

11 April 2013 ~ 0 Comments

From Fiction to Reality: Are Dinosaurs Back on Earth?

Despite having been widely extinct from the earth for around 66 million years, Dinosaurs are pretty big news in modern society. The Guardian even has it’s own science page devoted to them! While they seem like a work of fiction to us now, in reality Dinosaurs were the dominant terrestrial vertebrates for 135 million years, with some species – turtles, lizards, snakes and crocodiles – being the oldest living “dinosaurs” existing today.

This short film takes the enthusiasm we hold for Dinosaurs by recording the journey of discovery experienced by a dinosaur enthusiast. You might be surprised at what you see…

A Real Dinosaur

… Not just because of the storyline that really brings to life the dinosaurs we love so much, but also the beautiful film work done by producers Charlie & Joe. Industry experts, who create films for a range of clients, Neville was an equally beautiful production. But, there is a catch here! If you can believe it, Neville was filmed using a DSLR – and a pretty impressive one at that! Considering it’s has the stamp of approval from filmmakers in the industry (see the first and second films produced using the camera on the site too), we think this camera is a worthwhile investment!